Does Religion cause healthy behavior?

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Religiosity and healthy behavior are correlated according to a recent Gallup poll.

Economix explains:

The nation’s most pious tend to lead healthier lives, according to new findings from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.


The index is based on a survey of 550,000 Americans that attempts to measure the components of “the good life.” One portion of the index asks people about their habits, like eating vegetables and exercising regularly. The survey found that even after controlling for other kinds of demographic and geographic variables, Americans who say that religion is an important part of daily life and that they attend religious services weekly also report having much healthier habits than people who self-identify as moderately religious or nonreligious.

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As recently reported, some people lie about their religiosity. Perhaps those same people lie about their eating, smoking and exercise habits.

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